Looks Like A Panther Effigy To Me
A couple posts back (from yesterday) I posted some cairns, with the last pic being an effigy stone. I did some research on the Eastern Panther, thought to be hunted to extinction in this region by the 1930's. Let's look at some pictures:
The stone effigy:
Some pictures of the panther. I think we have a match- look at the chin-line (comparing pictures), the profile of the face, the way it perches itself, etc.- this is spot on. The stone artisan really brought out the eseence of the Panther.
I would also like to provide some additional links about the (North)Eastern Panther & the New England region:
From the US Wildlife Dept:
Interesting article from the New York Times in 1990 about wild panther sightings in Massachusetts & other parts of the region:
I do not know why this blog does not just let you click on the link, but it can always be copied and pasted.